Sunday morning, August 12th was one of the first days little Solomon slept in until 10am. He spent the rest of his day the way he usually did, playing with his mommy and family. For his lunch, he was just as happy and engaged as he usually was--banging the table with his spoon, smiling, and demanding more food! As the afternoon came he was a little fussy and wanted to be held a little more. He spent some time just watching the rain with his mama, and playing with his cousin and uncle. He went down to sleep at his normal time at 7pm. Rachel heard him fussing a little, and went to check on him and he had a messy diaper. Over the next few hours he threw up a few times. His mama had had a GI bug earlier in the day, so it wasn't unexpected. He was getting plenty of fluids and electrolyte replacements, had wet diapers, and was resting a lot on his mama. His Aunt Erin and Grandma both checked on him and a call was placed to his doctor to just check in with them.
At 10:45pm he was acting like he wanted to be laid down. His pack and play was brought down to the living room, so everyone could keep an eye on him. After a few minutes, he had gotten quiet. We were all sitting and talking quietly when his Grandmother felt like something had changed in the room and asked his Aunt Erin to peak at him - she looked down and he was too still … CPR was initiated immediately by his Grandmother and Aunts and 911 was called. The doctor and the nurses who ran the code at the hospital were calm and worked very hard - they let Rachel stay by his side singing softly … after an hour the code was called, and our bright little sunshine boy was gone…
Solomon was a light to his mama and his family. He brought smiles to everyone's faces. There is no known cause of death at this time. No medical answers to explain why he had such a short, but beautiful life… We just know that he was a gift and a blessing.It is a tradition to do something positive to honor the memory of a lost loved one. Earlier this summer, Rachel told us that she had decided to go back to nursing school with the goal of building a beautiful future for her and her son. After Solomon passed away, Rachel told us she still wants to complete her nursing degree. She wants to use it to bring light and love to patients in honor of her son. My sister is someone who can work. In the past, we (her family), have seen her work impossible hours, juggle multiple jobs, and always have time to lend a hand to help someone else. However, it is our goal that, during nursing school, she won’t have to worry about picking up extra jobs or stressing to make ends meet. It is our prayer that her time in nursing school should be a time where she can focus on caring for patients, and on bringing light and love to people the way Solomon did.
As her family and friends, we are reaching out to the community to ask for support in meeting our goal of raising enough money to allow Rachel to get through the final three semesters of her nursing school with as little financial worry as possible ~ without having to worry about gas money, school supplies, or even just a few extra dollars for coffee.
Please pray for Rachel as she mourns Solomon and, if you are able, please help us honor Solomon with this gift for Rachel.
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